Volunteer Abroad Under 18


Under 18 volunteering is a great way of travelling to new parts of the world and helping worthwhile causes whilst being fully supported

We love that we often have volunteers getting in touch who are under 18 and eager to join a project and volunteer - it's quite an inspiration and at Pod we believe that under 18s should be given the opportunity to volunteer abroad as the projects that we work with can benefit greatly from their hard work. Under 18s bring alot of passion, enthusiasm and new ideas to volunteering overseas and we hope will become global citizens for a better world.

We are delighted to offer under 18s the following volunteering opportunities:

  • Fully led and supported Group trips for 16 – 17 year olds accompanied by a Pod leader
  • Independent volunteer trips for 17 year olds, travelling on their own or with friends
  • Accompanied volunteer trips that under 18 year olds can join if accompanied by a friend of family member who is aged over 18

Under 18 Group trips with a Pod leader

Each year Pod runs a specially designed under 18 group trip to one of our long term projects. These trips have a dedicated and highly experienced leader who will travel with the group from the UK and be there to support the group throughout the trip.

The projects we join for the under 18 trip are very carefully chosen to ensure the maximum benefit for the project in country whilst also offering a fantastic experience to the volunteers. We have an Under 18 Group volunteering abroad trip to Thailand: Elephant Care and Wildlife Rescue in Thailand

The nature of volunteering overseas can be challenging but as a volunteer you are there to help the project and you will often find that the most challenging experiences turn into the most rewarding ones when you pull together as a team and see the results of your hard work.

Independent Volunteer Trips for 17 year olds

If the fixed dates of our Under 18 Group trips don’t work for you, or you would prefer to travel more independently, we have a select number of projects that 17 year olds are able to join as individuals or with friends:

These projects have been specifically picked out for the good level of support that the team on the ground are able to offer, ideal for first time solo travellers. At each of these projects, volunteers are picked up from the airport and get to spend their time volunteering in amazing ‘off the beaten track’ locations, surrounded by volunteers and staff that are passionate about animal welfare and conservation.

With the exciting opportunity to get involved in animal care and conservation work first hand, 17 year old volunteers joining these projects make a fantastic contribution to their ongoing work in these fields.

Accompanied volunteering for under 18s, including younger teens

We have a variety of projects that can accept volunteers who are under the age of 18 if accompanied by a guardian who is over 18. Depending on the ages involved, your guardian can include a friend that’s aged over 18, siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, godparents or family friends!

This is a great way for younger teens to experience travel and volunteering adventures, forging unforgettable memories with friends and family whilst gaining great experience to take forward with them into any future solo volunteer trips.

You can find out more about volunteering on community teaching, child care, animal rescue and conservation projects around the world and the age restrictions for each project on our Family Volunteering page.

Pod liaises with each of our volunteer projects to identify where under 18s are best suited and able to make a valuable contribution to their on-going work. We consider the nature of the work, risk levels, volunteer role and support we can provide onsite and these factors combine to determine which of our projects are best suited for accommodating under 18 volunteers.

Why should you consider volunteering abroad before you turn 18?

Pod specialises in ethical, inspired and supported volunteer placements and by joining one of our under 18 trips, solo trips for 17 year olds or family placements you can expect an unforgettable, rewarding experience.

Volunteering can be a life changing experience and we feel that this kind of experience is especially beneficial to young people. Volunteering develops skills which are incredibly beneficial when entering the world of work or further education and will look fantastic on your CV. These skills include teamwork, independence, problem-solving, time management, organisation and decision-making.

You will experience a different culture whilst contributing to an on-going volunteer project which benefits greatly from having volunteers to support their fantastic work. The trips are focussed on assisting the project but there is also time for some relaxation and exploration of the local area.

"This trip was such a positive experience for our daughter! In fact, she has decided to study Animal Science in university and possibly become a Wildlife Vet! Thanks so much for the inspiration for this that you all and this trip provided!"